Author: Angus Coleman

New mosaic sculpture celebrates colour, community and hope

Nearly one hundred people turned out for the official unveiling of Common Ground Queensland’s Colour, Community & Hope Mosaic Sculpture on Thursday the 15th of September. After 2 and half years of planning and development the ‘Colour, Community & Hope’ Mosaic Art Project was revealed.  The three-dimensional mosaic sculpture was made using over 5000 handmade tiles and glass mosaics to create a colourful and engaging artwork which celebrates the local Kurilpa area, the Brisbane River, and the Brisbane Common Ground community. Common Ground, situated at Hope Street in South Brisbane, provides affordable and supportive housing solutions for people who...

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Fitness makes a difference at Common Ground

The tenants of Common Ground Brisbane are working up a sweat and getting fit thanks to a new health and fitness program being run with the help of local business Iridium Health in collaboration with Rise Industries. Common Ground Brisbane opened in 2012 and provides affordable and supportive housing solutions for people who are suffering, or at risk of homelessness or struggling with severe disability. At no cost to the tenants, trainers Tim and Alannah from Iridium Health run the 10 supervised PT sessions each week in Common Ground’s recently opened Fitness and Wellbeing Centre. They customise every session...

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Preventing forced marriage in Australia

Angus Coleman looks at the campaign to prevent young women and girls in Australia being forced into marriage. In the recent years there have been an increasing number of high profile cases in the media of Australian girls and young women being forced through the use of threats or deception into marriages without their consent. These women are commonly under 18 years old and are often married to men who they don’t know and who are much older than themselves. In a recent report conducted by Anti-slavery Australia and Plan International examining the extent of forced marriage in Australia,...

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The Vinyl Revival revs up.

New contributor Angus Coleman looks at what’s driving the revival of vinyl and what does it means for your iPod? The so-called “vinyl revival” is at no risk of slowing down, with the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) releasing its annual figures for 2014 recently showing that vinyl record album sales are up 127% in the past 12 months. In a music industry that in the past decade has been dominated by the invention of the iPod and the rise of digital music, more and more contemporary artists are releasing their albums on vinyl. In the past year alone the...

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